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Bravo’s Brad and Gary are a surprising pair of accidental role models

Brad World

I've been openly gay for nine years, living in Atlanta for almost seven and recently met a pretty cool dude I enjoy spending time with.

This gay thing is old hat by now.

There are gay people on television everywhere. I try to stay away from most of them, but I was caught off guard the other night when Bravo's "It's a Brad, Brad World" happened to follow one of my must-watch TV shows, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

In this particular episode, our protagonist Brad Goreski, a 30-something fashion stylist launching his own company after parting ways with his reality TV mentor Rachel Zoe, is whisked away to Milan for men's fashion week.

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‘Smash’ focuses on competitive, very gay New York theater world

NBC's new show 'Smash'

Featuring a number of openly gay producers and execs, including David Marshall Grant, the new musical TV series “Smash” aims to be just that when it premieres next week. The series debuts at 10 p.m. Feb. 6 on NBC.

Set in the world of Broadway theater, “Smash” stars Debra Messing as Julia, half of a songwriting team who is in now in the process of adopting a child. When her colleague Tom (Christian Borle) talks to her about staging a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, the idea of writing a hit show leads Julia back to the work grind she thought she had put behind her.

As auditions for the Marilyn musical unfold, the top two candidates for the lead role become newcomer Karen Cartwright (Katherine McPhee), fresh from the Midwest, and Ivy Bell (Megan Hilty), who looks the part and seems a shoo-in for the role. As the season progresses, the producers try to decide which of the two gets the role.

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Um, one of the sexiest moments in daytime TV history ever

 For women who love women and love to fantasize about smart, sexy, funny women who are also politically savvy and make your heart beat faster when you see their smile and are just amazed by these kinds of women and can't really say in a coherent way about how it makes you feel to see these women be themselves, here's a video clip that made me feel that way tonight.

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HGTV looking for ‘All American Handyman’ or woman

Scott McGillivrayHGTV will be in Atlanta this week casting for the third season of its show, “All American Handyman.” The show, a reality competition hosted by HGTV's Mike Holmes and Scott McGillivray, features a $20,000 grand prize.

“All American Handyman” pits handymen and women against one another through a series of challenges to determine the competition's overall winner. Think “Top Chef” but with tools.

Challenges in the show's first season included using plans to construct a toolbox, building a staircase and building a garden shed.

Casting for the show is Sunday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at the W Midtown hotel. Entrants are asked to fill out an application, bring two personal photos, six photos of their work and a standard employment resume. You can download the application here.

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Television’s new ‘Supernanny’ visits gay family

Lesbian couple of Super Nanny

It's no secret, at least among my closest friends, that I like really horrible television.

I'll dish about how soulless "American Idol" and "X Factor" are. I can't watch "Glee" because the auto-tune makes my ears bleed. I'll never sit down for an episode of "Dancing with the Stars" or "The Bachelor." But a "Dance Moms" re-run? "Bad Girls Club" marathon? Definitely.

Every so often, one of my favorite horrific guilty pleasures yields something remarkable — something worth watching.

One of my all-time favorites is "Supernanny." You might be familiar with English nanny Jo Frost and her infamously successful naughty chair, but the show has now been reincarnated as "America's Supernanny" with new nanny Deborah Tillman.

She's very sassy.